2017 Trends in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The logistics and supply chain sector saw a boom in 2016, and the effects are expected to last well into 2017. This is your opportunity to train for a career in an industry that is always in-demand.

Here are a few trends we are seeing in the logistics and supply chain sector:

Demand for staff in this sector is increasing 

There are upwards of 23,000 job postings in this sector at any given time in Canada, an increase of almost 10,000 over last year.

Many of the positions available in this field are entry-level with room to grow.

There are many entry-level positions available in this field that require basic skills and understanding of the industry, and most offer opportunities for upward mobility.

The median logistics industry salary is $35,000, which can be attributed to both a wealth of low-skill general labor jobs, as well as more competitive salaries for supervisory roles. 

Employers in this sector are looking to hire and promote candidates with skills suited to streamlining day-to-day activities; as well as skills related to storing, transporting and delivering goods.

What are the skills that will increase your employability? 

If you are planning on entering this field:
  • Find a program that will provide the skills you need for today's logistics and supply chain industry
  • Research entry-level positions that will provide experience and upward mobility
  • Distinguish yourself from other applicants by adding in-demand skills such as proper dangerous materials handling procedures and preparation of customs documentation such as bills of lading
  • Stand out by developing your soft skills including your ability to communicate and coordinate large tasks

[Source: Randstad "The Hottest Logistics Jobs of 2017"]